When Pope Francis was elected, our extraordinary Ordinary, +Denis, described the rumour that Bergoglio had been the “runner up” at the last conclave as “scuttlebutt”. It was such a delightful term for the rather silly way in which rumour becomes fact (as my EV says: “it was rumoured that” becomes “fact” simply by constant repetition being in the press) that I have decided to add it to my vocabulary henceforth and forthwith.
So I have paid no attention at all to the “carnival is over” comment that Pope Francis is rumoured to have said at his initial vesting. Beyond the fact that it would have been a terribly cruel thing to say, it would mean that all Pope Francis’ humility was a front – something I am also not prepared to believe (rose colored glasses or not, Tony).
Now, thank God, the most trusted vaticanista in the English language has declared: It is all SCUTTLEBUTT!